To meet the employment needs of students with disabilities, Nebraska VR provides pre-employment transition services which include:
Students meet individually and/or in groups with a Nebraska VR Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator throughout the school year. To learn about the world of work, students may participate in:
Services meet the needs of students today by preparing them for the careers of tomorrow. For example, you may:
Transition services represent the process young adults with disabilities go through to prepare for the future world of work. The goal is to identify education, training, employment or other options for the path ahead of you.
While your high school is primarily responsible to provide transition services while you are still in high school, Nebraska VR works with your teachers, parents, employers and other resources to ensure your career planning goes smoothly. Students should begin working with Nebraska VR during the last two years of high school.
You, as a student, have a very important role in this process. You need to:
Ask your teacher or employment specialist to discuss Nebraska VR services with your family, and make an appointment to meet with the Nebraska VR counselor who visits your school.
Contact your local Nebraska VR service office and make an appointment with a Nebraska VR counselor. A VR counselor will help you complete an application, gather information about your disability, discuss your career interests and goals, and talk about ways in which Nebraska VR might be able to help you.
An individualized plan with transition services is designed to accomplish the following:
The NYLC began in March 2009. We are a group of young leaders from across the entire state of Nebraska who want to make a difference in the lives of other students with disabilities. We believe that young people should have a voice in the things that affect them and hope to better the existing services provided to young people through our outreach efforts.
NYLC MISSION: “NYLC was created “by youth for youth”. We are leaders and advocates who experience a disability. We travel the state promoting disability awareness and educating our peers on transitioning to college or work.”
*Co-sponsored by the Nebraska Departments of Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education.
Nebraska VR uses social media to share information about disability employment topics, client success stories, and community outreach.
The Pathway to Employment Video Series is designed to de-mystify the many services provided to clients and businesses while highlighting the innovation that is the culture of Nebraska VR. While certainly each story is either one of progress towards an employment goal or a client's employment goal success, they are also stories about the important role played by staff members, businesses, ATP, Easter Seals, Project SEARCH, and others. Go to: vr.nebraska.gov/videos/